WoT re-read update

Hilariously bad cover art. Note his head. And his leg. And just about everything else. (To be fair, this is a first draft.) (To be fair, none of the finished covers are really any better.)

Thought I’d do a bit of a status update on my WoT reread. I’m up to Lord of Chaos, which is book 6 (I got slowed down cause I had to old-school read #4 – my library didn’t have it available).

I have issues.

First, the pronunciations. I’ve heard that they were Jordan-approved. BUT, I’m not so sure that the way the readers are pronouncing things IS always Jordan-approved, because the readers aren’t consistent. They keep changing the way they say things and it is driving me INSANE. Examples:

Saldaea. For the first few books this was pronounced Sal-DAYYYYYYYYYYYY-a, with this weird tongue rolling thing at the end. But now it seems like they’ve dropped that and are just saying sal-DAY-a? It’s very weird.

Temaile. I have always said this as ta-MAIL. In book 3, it was said as ta-MAL-ay. Now, in book 5? They’re suddenly saying ta-MAIL. WTF.

Moghedien. OMG. So in the first 5 books in the series, this was pronounced MOG-a-deen. Starting with book six, it’s suddenly mog-eh-dee-en. ARGHHHH!

I really feel that there’s NO EXCUSE for switching up a pronunciation after 4 books. I tried to get a friend who is also into WoT to be outraged about this issue with me, and he totally refused to join me in anger:

“I don’t know, I guess pronunciations of barely used names is not important.”

Other than my annoyances, I am really still enjoying the audiobooks. It’s so convenient to be able to listen to them at work, it’s like getting an extra 8 hours of reading time every day! I also have to mention that the Nynaeve chapters from The Fires of Heaven are CRACKING ME THE HECK UP. I don’t remember the menagerie chapters being this funny, with Nynaeve going around getting in fistfights and losing. I’m also reallllly looking forward to the battle at Dumai’s Wells – it always makes my heart grow 6 sizes.

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4 Responses to WoT re-read update

  1. shelleybean1 says:

    That guy’s face reminds me of some medieval ancestor of Bert (if he’s the banana-faced, and not the tomato-headed, one) and Guy Smiley on Sesame Street. And where the heck is his ARM?

    Tah-MAL-ay? Like the Mexican food?

    Unpronounceable names are the main reason I couldn’t get on board with this series. Well, that and the fact that I cannot tell how many there are…8? 32? 300? I mean, are you reading Lord of Chaos or Gathering Storm? Are they the same thing? If so, how come one is written by the Jordan guy and one by him and the Sanderson dude?

    As far as audiobooks, I’ve never had much success in my 3 tries with them. They’re usually inflectionless and just WRONG. I mean, granted, the first was a Bourne novel Granny got me at an auction and it sucked, but I expected it to. But the recent ones…Anthem (inexplicably read by a female reader-person when the only character in the novel is a MALE) and the Hunger Games (a toneless older woman who used the same voice for Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Cinna, Haymitch and all the rest…) In my experience, audios suck. I can see why reading at work would be a plus, though.

    • kelley says:

      the covers really are laughable, I’m toying with the idea of a post about them. I have heard that the guy who painted the covers for each book had admitted at some point that he’s never read the books, which is why they’re both badly rendered AND don’t make any sense as far as the story. And he lost his hand in that book. 🙂

      There are 13, with the 14th and last novel due to release this year, hopefully. I’m reading Lord of Chaos, the Gathering Storm cover I posted is just funny. And, Robert Jordan died a few years ago, so Sanderson was chosen to finish the series based on notes that Jordan left.

      I think it just takes some getting used to audiobooks, really, and some of them just have readers I can’t get behind. I really hated Twilight. I have issues with WoT, but I’m enjoying it overall. And, oh, I have Hunger Games too, but I haven’t gotten around to listening to them yet. That’s strange if she doesn’t have different voices. I’ve heard that the audios for ASoIaF are seriously good cause the guy apparently does different voices for every single character.

      There’s only one character in Anthem??? That doesn’t sound good!!!!!!

  2. shelleybean1 says:

    ARGH! Why do they let artists draw for books they haven’t read? I guess the hand thing makes sense then.

    There’s one MAIN character in Anthem, with two or three minor ones (it is only like 60 pages, after all), but why a female reader for a male narrator????

    • shelleybean1 says:

      Also, I guess I understand why there are different authors listed then, as long as it doesn’t become a V.C. Andrews-like debacle…and at least they credit BOTH as authors rather than pretending the death didn’t happen.

      I guess if you find an audiobook that is worth listening to, I might try one again but from what I’ve seen so far, bleh.

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